Sounds Like Terror in the Air: British scientists have shown in a controlled experiment that the extreme bass sound known as infrasound produces a range of bizarre effects in people, including anxiety, extreme sorrow and chills - supporting popular suggestions of a link between infrasound and strange sensations. -- Sydney Morning Herald Online
Book Excerpt, "The Economics of Marriage" at Slate.com

AKA Why Cammy Shall Die Alone (Says THIS guy, thbbbbbbt) *insert dramatic swoonage here* :-D
I love this stuff. (There's some kind of epic fiction story lurking in here...not "Clan of the Cave Bear," dammit)

New York Times: How Baboons Think (Yes, Think)
Someone from overseas e-mailed me this today. It made me smile.
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The Democrats Best Slogan )
A much needed take, IMHO...
(bold mine)



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TRB FROM WASHINGTON
Judge Knot
by Peter Beinart
Post date 07.13.06 | Issue date 07.24.06

Last week, the New York Court of Appeals handed down a lousy decision on gay marriage. And thank goodness it did. By refusing--on flimsy grounds--to strike down the Empire State's gay marriage ban, the court actually did the gay marriage movement a favor. Gay marriage is coming in America--through the democratic process. If the courts step in, they will only set the effort back.

The court held that the New York legislature could ban gay marriage because it could rationally believe that children are better served by a father and mother than by two parents of the same sex. That belief, it acknowledged, was not based on empirical evidence. But, even if it were, the court's argument would still have made no sense. Banning gay marriage doesn't increase the chances that children will be raised by a mother and father, unless you believe that allowing gays to wed will convince straights not to. And the court cited no evidence that it would.

But, for the gay marriage movement, the court's bad logic may actually prove good news. The public is growing more and more supportive of full equality for gays and lesbians. In 1996, according to the Pew Research Center, 65 percent of Americans opposed gay marriage, with only 27 percent in favor. When Pew asked the same question this March, only 51 percent were opposed, with 39 percent in favor. And, among Americans under 30, gay marriage has majority support. In fact, according to a Los Angeles Times poll, more than 70 percent of young people consider gay marriage inevitable.

But the Pew poll also contained a warning... )
You know, a guy in my MA workshop wrote an entire manuscript, a thriller, on this, and we all sort of dismissed him as a sexist alarmist. (Granted, he was a sexist, but possibly not so alarmist. Also -- karma? -- his wife left him for a woman.)

Er, um, yeah, back to the article -- so they, like, took some stem cells and made fake sperm out of 'em!!

(What's going to happen when we no longer need each other? I like men. :-( )

BBC.co.uk: mice successfully fertilized with artificial sperm

Reaction, salon.com
Salon.com, "Cured Gays" still ostracized by churches

Fascinating, frustrating, and sad. Watch short ad at Salon to read, or click lj cut below. (reader letters follow on third page of link.)

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Gay, godly and guilty

The thoughtful new book "Straight to Jesus" reveals the torment suffered by gay Christians who entered a residential program to battle their sexual desires.
By Laura Miller

Jul. 11, 2006 | If you were looking for evidence of how hard it is to change our fundamental sexual proclivities -- not minor aspects, like a taste for black lingerie, but the deep stuff, like whom we're attracted to -- you'd find plenty of it in Tanya Erzen's thoughtful new book, "Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement." Erzen spent 18 months hanging out with and interviewing the members and administrators of New Hope Ministry, which runs a residential program for evangelical Christian men who are "struggling with homosexuality" in the San Francisco Bay Area. She even volunteered in the ministry's office, revamping its Web site, all as fieldwork for her dissertation. (She's now assistant professor of comparative studies at Ohio State University.)

Erzen wasn't interested in collecting fodder for political battles, though, and that's what makes "Straight to Jesus" so enlightening. As an ethnographer, she made every effort to listen to and understand everyone at New Hope Ministry, whether or not she agreed with their beliefs (and it's fairly clear that most of the time she didn't). That's practically unheard of in most popular discussions of charged issues like homosexuality -- and rare in scholarly discussions, either. Nowadays, everyone's convinced that they already know everything the other side has to say and that actually having to listen to it would constitute an insupportable demand on their own patience. Everyone thinks their side of the argument never gets any exposure, yet rabid, ranting opinion of all varieties howls at us everywhere we turn.

What emerges from "Straight to Jesus" is a far more nuanced and moving picture of the "ex-gay" movement than most readers will expect. If you're like me, you probably view outfits like Love in Action and the other "reparative therapy" operations collected under the umbrella organization Exodus International as propaganda wings of the Christian right, populated by small coteries of delusional closet cases like the highly visible John Paulk. Paulk is an "ex-gay" man, married to the equally publicity-loving "ex-lesbian" Annie Paulk, but he's perhaps even better known for being photographed in a Washington, D.C., gay bar in 2001, while ostensibly living a life of irreproachable heterosexuality.
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